Hawkins, John J. was born on January 4, 1855 in in Saline Company, Missouri, United States. Son of George Scott and Frances M. (Gauldin) Hawkins.
Educated William Jewell College, and University of Missouri (Phi Delta Theta Fraternity). Left college, 1877; Doctor of Laws, William Jewell College, 1931. Read law with Honorary Thomas Shackelford, Glasgow, Missouri.
Deceased, Mistress R. J. Hutchins). Admitted to Missouri bar, 1878. Moved to Arizona, 1883.
Judge Probate Court, Yavapai Company, Arizona, 1885-1886. Territorial auditor, 1887-1889. Member of council 17th Arizona Legislative Assembly.
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arizona, 1893-1897.